Dunkin’ Donuts Gives Big to Special Olympics RI

Monday, December 26, 2011


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Santa must drink coffee: from l to r: Joe Dutra, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee; Dennis DeJesus, CEO, Special Olympics RI; Michael Lucca, Special Olympics RI athlete; Cliff Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee; Molly Burt, Assistant Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts

It was the kind of holiday only a coffee-drinking Santa would love.

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, announced that they have donated $68,985 to Special Olympics Rhode Island and Special Olympics Massachusetts South Section, as a result of a promotion through which 25 cents for every cup of coffee sold on National Coffee Day in September was donated to the organizations.  $36,562.05 of the total donation will go to Special Olympics Rhode Island for local programming.

An inspired partnership

“For more than 20 years, our partnership with the Special Olympics has grown exponentially, and we are more inspired by the courage, dedication, and spirit of each Special Olympic athlete now than ever,” said Joe Dutra, a local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee.  “We thank our loyal customers who join us each year to help raise funds for this wonderful organization.”

A sponsor of Special Olympics since 1988, Dunkin’ Donuts has supported the Special Olympics Rhode Island in endeavors including the annual area winter and summer games and is the premier sponsor of Special Olympics Rhode Island Team USA, which competes in national and world games. Dunkin’ Donuts’ is also the Presenting Sponsor for all competitions held in the South Section of Special Olympics Massachusetts throughout the year and has been inducted into the prestigious Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame.

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